Summer flounder, scup, black sea bass and bluefish are prized sportfish because they are incredibly fun to catch and great to eat. However, these fisheries are in need of management reform! TAKE ACTION AND CLICK HERE!
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) are jointly considering changes to the process for setting recreational management measures like bag limits, size and season.
The current process has proved to be frustrating for anglers, mainly because it only considers recreational harvest data when setting measures. The proposed alternatives consider evaluating more information like how healthy the species is to help establish measures that better match the condition of the resource. Another goal is to bring stability to the regulations so that bag, size and season limits don’t change every year.
Take the opportunity to tell managers that recreational management reform is needed today! TAKE ACTION
Other Ways You Can Help:
Recognizing the importance of this action and the complexity and technical nature of this document, Keep America Fishing has created a guide to help the recreational fishing community participate in the public input process.
Using the guide, you can attend a public hearing to share your comments with your state representatives on ASMFC and the MAFMC members.